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Lesson 19: Use Words That Sell

In our last lesson we talked about the importance of "selling" your thesis. This point is extremely important, so let's dwell on it a little longer.

When I read a paragraph that does little more than summarize historical events that took place in the student's country, I hand the paper back to the student and say, "Don't give me a history lesson. I want you to persuade me."

The same idea holds true throughout your paper.

Don't give me a geography lesson.

Consider this converstaion:

 

You:

You should to Switzerland.

Me:

Why?

You:

Switzerland is a mountainous country located between Austria, France and Germany.

Me:

Huh . . . ?

 

 

Here is a much better conversation:

 

You:

You should go to Switzerland.

Me:

Why?

You:

Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is located high in the Alps, a steep mountain range known for its spectacular peaks and world-class ski resorts.

Me:

Cool. I think I'll go.

 

 

That's a better conversation because you answered my question. And your answer, in effect, is your body paragraph. It's good because its full of words that "sell" (beautiful, spectacular, world-class).

Of course, you have to be able to back up those claims, which means that your source must also contain words like beautiful, spectacular, and world-class.

Don't give me a list of national foods.

 
You: You should go to Israel.
Me: Why?
You: Falafel is the national food of Israel. It's made from garbonzo beans.
Me: Huh . . . ?
 

 

Here is a much better conversation:

 
You:

You should go to Israel.

Me:

Why?

You:

Israeli food is healthy and delicious. In fact, Israeli food is becoming popular all over the world. But the best, most authentic Israeli foods can only be found in Israel. Do you like falafel? The falafel you can get in Jerusalem is absolutely heavenly!

Me:

Cool. I think I'll go.

 

 

If you type the words "Israel food" into the Google search bar, you are likely going to end up with a paragraph that does not adequately answer my question, just like that first awkward conversation, above.

What words would you need to type into the search bar to ensure that your paragraph resembles the second explanation?

Don't write a travel guide.

Consider this conversation.

 

You:

You should go Ireland.

Me:

Why?

You:

Shops on St. Patrick street usually open at 8:00. The best way to get there from downtown is to take the 8th Street streetcar and get off at Yorkshire Avenue. On festival days you may have to get off at Baker Street, as main road is closed is to traffic.

Me:

Huh . . .?

 

 

Here is a much better conversation:

 

You:

You should go Ireland.

Me:

Why?

You:

Ireland has a lot of great festivals. For example, Saint Patrick's Day, celebrated in August, attracts people from all over the world. There are colorful parades and a many wild celebrations.

Me:

Cool. I think I'll go.

 

 

Don't give me a lesson on architecture.

 

 

You:

You should go to China.

Me:

Why?

You:

The Chinese arch was developed during the Han Dynasty. Pointed ornamentation was added during the Sui Dynasty.

Me:

Huh . . .?

 

 

Here is a much better conversation:

 

You:

You should go to China.

Me:

Why?

You:

China is a place where you can see many world-famous landmarks. For example, the Great Wall in northern China is considered to be one of the "ten man-made wonders of the world", and the Forbidden City in Beijing is the world's largest palace.

Me:

Cool, I think I'll go.

 

 

Search Smarter, Browse Longer

I think you get the idea. To write persuasive paragraphs, you need to:

Lesson Steps

 
1.

If you wanted to do a paragraph on your country's foods, what words could you add to your search to ensure the kind of results you want? (Add a few words of your own to the list).

  • delicious
  • flavorful
  • unique
  • authentic
  • famous
  • tasty
  • favorite
  • fresh
  • healthy
  • popular

 

2.

If you wanted to do a paragraph on your country's natural beauty, what words could you add to your search to ensure the kind of results you want? (Add a few words of your own to the list).

  • scenic
  • spectacular
  • beautiful
  • peaceful
  • serene
  • serene
  • unspoiled
  • breathtaking
  • unspoiled

 

3.

If you wanted to do a paragraph on your country's people or culture, what words could you add to your search to ensure the kind of results youwant? (Add a few words of your own to the list).

  • friendly
  • unique
  • fun
  • hospitable
  • hospitality
  • tasty
  • favorite
  • fresh
  • healthy
  • popular

 

4.

Congratulations! You're done with this lesson.